I’m not sure if Tricky is responsible for seducing me on his latest single, “Tribal Drums”, or if the kudos should go to Francesca Belmonte’s soft whisper-singing because it happens to be the musical equivalent to a come-hither look from the most gorgeous person in the room. DAMN! Shut the door and turn of the lights y’all.
I’m still loving Tricky’s last full release, “Mixed Race”, but he’s set to release a new round of music May 28th on his new label, False Idols – which also happens to be the name of his forthcoming album.
“Nothing’s Changed” offers a chilled vibe perfect for the lounge-loving crowd.
There are many reasons to love Tricky – one being that my Junior year of college, one of my bffs had to most fucked up dream about him in drag begging her to have a threesome with him and Tom Hanks. That’s not something you forget hearing about in detail. Another reason to love Tricky is his commitment to being himself and to his artistry.
Why the name False Idols? “Because there’s so much bollocks going on at the moment mate,” Tricky fires back. “People follow celebrities and read every little thing they do. It’s living vicariously through someone else. Get your own life. All this stuff is false idols. That’s what helps keep the status quo.” As to the label’s mission, Tricky puts it thusly: “I signed to Island because of the artists and some of the stuff they’ve done-Bob Marley, Tom Waits. Who could I sign to now? Am I going to sign to a label because they’ve got Lady Gaga? I don’t want to be part of that bollocks music industry. I’m trying to bring that Island kind of thing back. Obviously False Idols is never going to be an Island Records, but it’s my way of trying to keep that part of the music industry going.”
This commitment to the survival of artistry in new music seen Tricky collaborating with young musicians from Creep to Maya Jane Coles, popping up on Zebra Katz underground smash “Ima Read” with Gangster Boo and remixing “Crest” by Antlers.